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Sometimes you gotta feel sorry for President Trump. No, actually…no you don’t.

Several days ago, the POTUS referred to Mexican gang members as “animals” in such a context that reporters concluded he meant all undocumented immigrants. Partisans had their say in both directions. But just when we thought it had blown over, here comes comic Trevor Noah to gun down what’s left of Trump’s moxie.

Trevor reports that 45 and Fox News wing-nut Sean Hannity are phone pals, and that the pair often speak to one another “at bedtime,” almost as if they’re not homophobic. The Daily Show host sets aside any romantic notions quickly.

By manipulating a Fox News anchor, then using the resulting broadcasts to confirm his own reality, Trump has turned into a circus gorilla that doesn’t know its counterpart is only itself in a mirror. Who’s the animal now?

Press play for a paradox.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)